Darlington will discover today if Adrian Webster's name must be added to the already lengthy sick list after the midfielder was substituted shortly after half-time on Saturday.

He took a knock in the first half but continued after treatment, only to break down just after the restart. As a result he was replaced on 53 minutes and there is a possibility the Australian has damaged his hamstring.

Quakers are hoping it's less serious than that as a hamstring injury would sideline Webster for a couple of weeks at least.

"We're hoping he's got cramp because if it is he'll be back training on Monday or Tuesday," said Darlington manager David Hodgson.

"But if it's a hamstring strain then he could miss games which is a blow because Adrian has been a big asset over the last few games."

Such are the injury problems affecting the squad at the moment it's standing room only in Darlington's treatment room with Quakers' number of out-of-action players currently totalling seven.

Out for various periods of time are: Steven Thomas, Ian Clark, Craig Russell, Clyde Wijnhard, Joey Hutchinson, Craig Liddle, and David McGurk - all of whom could be expected to feature in David Hodgson's first-choice 16, three of whom would be certainties in the starting XI.

Hodgson even ordered striker Gavin Parkin, leading scorer in the club's successful youth team, to warm-up with the players on Saturday in case there were any further injuries.

The manager admitted: "We've been down to the bare bones. We even had Gavin warming up on the pitch beforehand in case anything happened to any of our players in the warm-up.

"But with a bit of luck we'll start to see a few people back in the fold over the next few weeks and all the subs that went on did well so I know we have options there."

Craig Hignett has been sidelined recently with a virus, missing three of the previous four games, but he made a successful return on Saturday by scoring twice in the second half against a stubborn defence.

Hignett also played a role in the first goal and Hodgson paid tribute to the play-maker whose eight goals so far amount to his best scoring season since he got eight in the Premiership for Blackburn in 2001/02.

Hodgson said: "What you expect from Higgy is great touch, vision, ability to pick out passes, but less of a work ethic. But in the first half we weren't getting the best of him as he spent all his time chasing the ball.

"I had a word with him at half-time and in the second half he came to the fore. When you're up against teams with so many players behind the ball you need people like him to unlock defences.

"He's nowhere near fit enough to be playing week in, week out. I'd say he's about 70 per cent fit because he suffered from a virus and missed a bit of training, but he delivered two goals today.

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